|Directed by||Bart Freundlich|
|Written by||Bart Freundlich|
|Music by||Clint Mansell|
The Rebound is a 2009 American romantic comedy film directed by Bart Freundlich, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Justin Bartha. It was released in theaters in several countries in late 2009. It was originally scheduled to be released in the United States on December 25, 2010, but was cancelled due to the film's distributor shutting down. It ended up going direct-to-DVD in the United States on February 7, 2012.
A housewife and mother of two, Sandy (Catherine Zeta-Jones), discovers that her husband has been unfaithful. After a hasty divorce, she leaves home and goes to New York City with her young son and daughter. There they begin a new life. Sandy quickly rents an apartment above a coffee house and befriends one of the waiters, Aram Finklestein (Justin Bartha). Aram, at 25, is not sure what he wants to do with his life although he has a college degree and a tendency toward women's studies and feminism. He decides to babysit Sandy's children ultimately becoming their full-time nanny. He develops a close-knit relationship with both children and a chemistry starts to brew between Aram and Sandy ensuing in an awkward sexual encounter that the children come to know about.
Notwithstanding, they start to date and after two months they seem perfect together. One day Sandy feels nauseous and suspects she is pregnant. Aram is thrilled and looks forward to raising a child with her. A doctor confirms that Sandy is pregnant, but it is an ectopic pregnancy and will result in a miscarriage. As they leave the doctor, a fight breaks out between Aram and Sandy, with the latter confirming that she thinks it's ludicrous that the two of them, with an age difference of 15 years, would ever be happy together. After the break up, Aram decides to travel the world and to improve the lives of others. Sandy gets promoted at her job.
After five years, the two share a chance encounter in a restaurant. Aram reveals he has adopted a young boy from Bangladesh and is still single. Sandy, who is celebrating her promotion with her children and a colleague, invites Aram and his family to join them. The film ends as the two hold hands underneath the table whilst their children start to bond.
The Rebound received generally mixed reviews from film critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 45% based on 22 reviews with 10 fresh reviews and 12 rotten. Jon Frosch, a top critic, said: "Saddling two game actors with a tone-deaf, charmless script, the film makes recent J.Lo vehicle The Back-up Plan look like Billy Wilder in comparison." Alex Zane said: "These are characters who seem very real. It's their imperfections, not contrived plot points, that drive the story."
- Catherine Zeta-Jones as Sandy
- Justin Bartha as Aram Finklestein
- Kelly Gould as Sadie
- Art Garfunkel as Harry Finklestein
- John Schneider (cameo) as Trevor
- Marcel Simoneau as Henri
- Joanna Gleason as Roberta Finklestein
- Steve Antonucci as Waiter, Aram´s Friend
- Lynn Whitfield as Laura
- Stephanie Szostak as Alice
- Rob Kerkovich as Mitch
- Alice Playten as Sensei Dana
- Sam Robards as Frank
- Andrew Cherry as Frank Jr., age 7
- Jake Cherry as Frank Jr., age 13 (uncredited)
- Skai Jackson as Museum Little Girl #1
- This was Alice Playten's last role before her death in 2011.
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